For many years Leros has carried the stigma of a place to which people were sent for exile. As a result, its beauty has not been discovered, and the advantages it offers as a destination have not become known.
Furthermore, because of its small size and the absence of expansive sandy beaches, Leros never caught on as a major tourist destination. It offers relaxed, quiet surroundings, with a wide array of moderately-priced picturesque establishments offering good quality, genuine Greek food. In most cases, you will enjoy your meal by the sea.
The positive outcome of this lower development is the fact the local character has been maintained in large parts of the island, and the phenomenon of extensive construction of chararacter-less buildings just for the sake of touristic exploitation is not apparent.